Have you considered treatment of your sciatica with Chinese medicine? In the Oriental systems of medicine, one of the most effective methods of treatment for sciatica is acupuncture. In addition to sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, spinal stenosis, spinal root compression, neuropathy and many other painful diseases can be relieved with the help of acupuncture.
My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are more effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than surgery, steroids or NSAIDs to treat sciatica. The side effects and dangers of non steroidal drugs are becoming more well known, and avoiding the dangers of steroids, pain relievers, and surgery is one reason to consider acupuncture.
With effective treatment, the fatigue and bad mood resulting from chronic pain is also improved, as well as a variety of symptoms which may be associated with pain. Although classical sciatica involves the back of the leg, problems at other areas of the back may result in pain in the outside, inside, or front of the leg.
Acupuncture for sciatica is very effective if applied quickly in acute injury or when muscles of the back cramp in acute back spasm syndrome. More chronic cases may require ongoing acupuncture, as well as traditional Oriental medicine prepared from different herbs. Exercise to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles are also helpful when the sciatic pain has been reduced by acupuncture and herbal medicine.
For the best results acupuncture for sciatic pain has to be individualized to the exact imbalance that the patient has. This requires careful examination and diagnosis. At our site we give you a lot of information on acupuncture and sciatica treatment with acupuncture and traditional Oriental herbal medicine.
Time will prove that traditional methods of treatment like acupuncture help to reduce medical cost and suffering better than expensive and dangerous experimental surgery and drugs.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.